KNOXVILLE — For the first half against Pigeon Forge, Christian Academy of Knoxville’s boys basketball team was locked in a dogfight.
Enter senior wing Jason Ozment. “Jason really changed the tone of the game,” Warriors’ head coach Shane Wells said about Ozment, who scored CAK’s first 13 points of the second half, ending with a game-high 22, turning a nailbiter into a blowout, 72-36, Saturday night, Jan. 5, at CAK.
“Jason did a good job. He played good defense, got some steals and rebounds,” the coach added.
“It was big for us because we have some big district games coming up,” Ozment said. “This will help us get ready for those.”
The Warriors (12-3) completed a season sweep of PFHS (6-11).
Tanner Heitzman scored 15 points, including 13 in the first half, for the Warriors. Davis Brady and Dayne Davis added seven apiece — all of Brady’s coming during a third-quarter run.
Jaydon Housewright scored six for CAK.
Lady Warriors 46 PFHS 43
Overcoming a 6-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, Abby Williams’ CAK Lady Warriors improved to 12-2 with a 46-43 victory versus the Lady Tigers (10-7).
Caroline Meyers scored two of her 10 points to give CAK the lead for good, 44-43, with 2:22 left.
She also blocked a shot a short time later before teammate Claire Brock, who had a game-high 19 points, nailed two free throws with 15.9 seconds remaining.
Hannah Carroll scored 11 for Christian Academy.
About her team’s late defensive changes, Meyers said, “the new defense forces us to talk because if you don’t communicate, it doesn’t work. We communicated. We talked. We executed it and it worked. This was a big win for us.”